As you may remember, SEAT’s CUPRA performance branch became a standalone brand. Already producing reworked versions of the Ateca and Leon, the brand have now unveiled their first bespoke car, the CUPRA Formentor. Remaining similar to the concept that we saw last year, the Formentor is a 300hp performance SUV that you don’t want to miss.
Based on the same platform as the SEAT Ateca, the new CUPRA Formentor is said to combine the benefits of a performance car with the qualities of an SUV. To that end, you’re looking at an SUV that’ll happily seat a family of five and luggage whilst also offering a powerful powertrain and sporty driving characteristics.
At launch, the CUPRA Formentor is set to be offered with two different powertrains. The first will be a 2.0-litre TSI Turbocharged petrol engine that produces 306hp and 295 ft lb of torque.
CUPRA say that this engine is the top of the range offering and that it represents the very essence of the brand’s DNA. This engine will be linked to CUPRA’s 4Drive technology, ensuring that power is always sent to the correct wheels.
Alongside the 2.0-litre petrol engine, CUPRA are also going to offer the Formentor with their 1.4-litre TSI plug-in hybrid powertrain. Offering a total of 242hp, this hybrid unit allows for increased efficiency and electric-only driving for around 31 miles.
In both cases, the CUPRA Formentor will be offered with a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox and fitted with Volkswagen Group’s Dynamic Chassis Control.
Styling wise, the exterior of the CUPRA Formentor has remained very similar to the concept that we saw at last year’s Geneva Motor Show. That’s not a bad thing. The result is an angular and angry looking SUV that promotes sportiness and remains in-keeping with CUPRA’s other models and concepts.
On the inside, the CUPRA Formentor is set to be equipped with a 12-inch touchscreen that controls an infotainment system that’s compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a flat-bottomed steering wheel that houses the engine start and driving mode buttons and an embedded sim card that allows access to the brand’s Connect app.
With deliveries of the new CUPRA Formentor set to begin at the end of this year, we’re really quite excited to see one in the flesh. What do you think of CUPRA’s first bespoke model? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.